Here’s when we will know the 2020 US election results

Here’s when we will know the 2020 US election results
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  • The US election results date could end up extending beyond November 3 as there is a noticeable increase in mail-in voting.
  • Polling in most states has either closed or is closing, including in several important battleground states.
  • Usually, the winner of the election is clear by the end of the election day, but this time around there is no clear winner in sight yet.
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The race for the 46th President of the United States is heating up, with the current President Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden in a neck-to-neck race for the hot seat. Understandably, you must be wondering when will we know who is the new President of the United States.

When will we know the US election results?

Usually, the US election results are clear by the end of the election day, which was November 3. The first polls close by 7 pm EST, which translates to 5:30 am IST on November 4. The last polls are expected to close by 9 pm EST, which translates to 7.30 am IST on November 4.

However, this year is a little different. There is a massive increase in mail-in voting (postal ballots), so some states might take a little longer than usual to declare the winner of the election.

Here’s when the 50 US states are expected to count most of their votes

November 3: Out of the 50 states in the US, 36 are expected to count most of the votes and declare the results by November 3.

November 4: Wisconsin is expected to declare its results by November 3, or latest by November 4.

November 5: Connecticut and Indiana are expected to declare their results by November 5 at the latest.

November 6: Michigan and Pennsylvania are expected to declare their results by November 6.

Mid- to late-November: The remaining states are expected to declare their full results by mid- to late-November.

Key swing states to watch out for

While many states are decidedly pro-Republican or pro-Democrat, there are many key swing states which could essentially decide the US election results.

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
Will the US election results be disputed?

There could be a possibility of the US election results being disputed. President Trump has indicated that the results could end up in the US Supreme Court.

“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it's very important that we have nine justices,” Trump was quoted as saying.

The chance of US election results being disputed is rare. It has happened only once in the modern era, in the year 2000 when the Supreme Court handed the verdict in favour of George W Bush, the Republican party’s candidate.


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